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Wisconsin's blood supply critically low

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Wisconsin is in desperate need of blood.

That's according to The Blood Center of Wisconsin. Leaders there are urging people to donate.

Blood Center officials say that in the past few months they're seeing significantly fewer donors overall.

"Because of that, that has impacted our ability to collect blood and get blood out to the hospitals that need it," said Vicki Bohman, community recruiting representative for The Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Officials tell Newsline 9 that typically summer is slower for blood donations, primarily because school is out and people are on vacation, especially around Labor Day.

"Anytime there is a holiday we have a difficult time getting people to donate," Bohman added.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin hopes to collect 1,300 pints of blood over the next few days at several sites, including Marshfield.

Debora Stein donated blood at a Marshfield site on Monday. She says she's surprised to hear there's a shortage at all.

"It's a very easy thing to do, it takes 45 minutes tops and it helps a lot of people," said Stein.

When you choose to donate you have three ways of doing so: Giving blood, giving plasma, or giving platelets.

Kim Fredrick is another regular donor in Marshfield. He says he tries to donate at least once a week.

"When I come in I always donate platelets and I know there is always a shortage of platelets out there," added Fredrick.

According to officials, The Blood Center of Wisconsin supplies more than 50 hospitals throughout the state. The three types of blood needed the most are O-negative, B-negative, and B-positive.

If you'd like more information on where you can donate blood, call The Blood Center of Wisconsin toll free at 1-888-310-7555.

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